A Host of Daffodils Walk 10 April 2016 Glenridding/Ullswater
This walk which is organised by the Lake District National Park
takes the steamer from Glenridding to the legendary Aira Force waterfalls and to the site of Wordsworth's golden daffodils. Return along the lake shore. A World Heritage walk in partnership with Dove Cottage
and the Wordsworth Museum
Start point: 09:40 am at Ullswater Information Centre, Glenridding
Postcode: CA11 0PD
Price: Free, donations welcome. Special half price boat fare with this walk
Length: 6.0 Km
Duration: 4.0 hours
Booking: Just turn up BUT bring a packed lunch, including plenty to drink
Dogs are allowed
Following the recent floods, you can check if there are any road/bridge closures on your normal route to Glenridding here
Daffodil Walk - Brigsteer
(known locally as Brigsteer woods)
was inspired to write his famous poem by these most beautiful of British flowers and one of the best places to enjoy a daffodil walk is Brigsteer Woods
, on the edge of the Lake District.
Catching the daffodils in full bloom is weather reliant; but as March turns to April and the daffodil season peaks, there are places in Brigsteer Woods where the spectacular carpet of yellow would make even the most hardened townie stop and stare and inspire William anew!
Brigsteer Woods has a network of paths running through it and is pretty at any time of year but especially so in daffodil season.
Getting to Brigsteer Woods:
Locate the village of Levens (Almost due South of Kendal and North off the A590 to Barrow in Furness), travel North through Levens following signs for Brigsteer (only about 1½ miles away). About halfway to Brigsteer after a very narrow section of road you enter Brigsteer Woods. At the beginning of the woods there is a footpath left (West) off the road and space for parking. This is the best spot to start your walk though there are also a few other parking places through the wood.
Exploring these Cumbria Woods:
Although this map isn't very detailed, we hope it gives a clearer indication of the wood's location, between Levens (towards the bottom right of the map) and Brigsteer (top left of the map). It is difficult to get lost in these woods, as they are no more than a mile or so long and half a mile wide with some fairly clear pathways throughout.
From the parking spot follow the path left (West) off the road and then turn right (North) through the woods. There are plenty of options to loop round through the woods back to your car.
Extension for Brigsteer Wood Daffodil walk:
For the more adventurous, you can continue on and emerge at the far (North) end of the woods into a field. Follow the footpath signs, diagonally up and across the field. Cross over the road and follow the footpath sign through Park End Farm and up the hill.
This will take you up the fell to the East called Scout Scar which offers lovely views of the Lake District. You will climb the Southern end of this fell and can then turn right to descend down Flash Bank (local name) back to your car.